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good morning. captured, after 16 years on the run, mob boss james "whitey" bulger is arrested as the fbi nabs one of its ten most wanted men. how its accused killer was tracked down. obama's afghan plan. u.s. troops in afghanistan have done their job and can start to come home. >> we will be able to move 10,000 troops from afghanistan by the end of this year and we will bring home a total of 33,000 troops by next summer. >> we'll have the story behind the president's decision, plus reaction from afghanistan and capitol hill. and over the top, floodwaters spill over dikes in minot, north dakota, forcing more than 11,000 people to flee,
as the city prepares for a looming disaster, "early" this thursday morning, june 23rd, 2011. captioning funded by cbs and good morning. welcome to "the early show" here on a thursday morning. i'm chris wragge. >> and i'm erica hill. boy what a rough wake-up for so many folks in north dakota in minot. you saw pictures there. it will take days for the flooding to hit record levels but it's not like they aren't already dealing with it. national guard troops are telling people to get out. thousands of homes and buildings threatened. there are very few places as well for folks to go so what do they do in this situation in we're live in minot with the latest on that in just a few minutes but really just the beginning of what will be a tough situation. >> the sirens sounded early moving the evacuation timetable
up. a tough situation there. we'll get to that in a minute. a bombshell arrest of the man next to osama bin laden on the fbi's ten most wanted list. mob boss and suspected killer whitey bulger is due in a court in los angeles later this morning. cbs news justice correspondent bob orr is in washington with the latest on this. good morning. >> good morning. it seemed for a decade the fbi was chasing down a ghost, but that chase ended quietly on the u.s. west coast. boston mob boss james "whitey" bulger was captured in santa monica wednesday night, ending a worldwide manhunt that spanned 16 years. the arrest came three days after the fbi launched a new campaign asking people to be on the lookout for the mobster's long time girlfriend, catherine greig. >> this is an announcement by the fbi. have you seen this woman? >> reporter: the 81-year-old bulger, one of america's most
wanted men, faces 19 counts of murder, narcotics distribution, extortion and mund laundering. in a 2006 "60 minutes" his henchman who turned against him described him as a violent, cold blooded kill per. >> stabbed people, shot people, strangled people, run them over with cars. >> you said also that he liked kill. >> yeah. >> explain that to me. >> after he would kill somebody it was like a stress relief, you know. he'd be nice and calm for a couple weeks afterwards. >> reporter: what makes bulger's criminal career all the more remarkable in 1975 the alleged head of boston's winter hill gang bulger himself began working for the government as an fbi informant, in exchange for information law enforcement occasionally looked the other way as bulger ran his deadly gang. >> he was giving up some of his own people, giving up the competition.
basically he made a deal with the fbi. they gave him cart blanche to do what he wanted. >> reporter: bulger's life of crime for the inspiration for the 2006 martin scorsese film "the departed." he cemented his reputation as an almost mythic criminal figure. bulger and his girlfriend catherine greig expected to make their appearance later today in a federal courtroom. >> we want to talk about this fbi publicity campaign, after three days and yielding a major big time result. >> the fbi flat out says the recent appeal for information directly led to this arrest. somebody apparently saw the pictures, tipped police perhaps bulger and his girlfriend were staying in that apartment building in santa monica. catherine greig was somewhat talkative, outgoing and friendly. that public interaction may have ultimately led to his capture. >> cbs's bob orr in washington. we'll have more on whitey
bulger's arrest in the next half hour, an interview with a former fbi official heavily involved in this case. here is erica. >> thanks. we turn now to president obama's address on afghanistan. one-third of all u.s. troops there will be gone in 15 months. under the drawdown president the president outlined last night. cbs news chief white house correspondent chip reid joins us this morning. >> reporter: under the president's plan all of the surge troops will be out of afghanistan by next year. some say too fast. the troop drawdown will be begin next month as promised by president obama when he sent in the surge in 2009. 10,000 troops will be out of afghanistan by the end of this year and all 33,000 surge troops will be withdrawn by the end of next summer. the remaining 70,000 troops will be out by the end of 2014. >> after this initial reduction our troops will continue coming home at a steady pace. as afghan security forces move
into the lead. our mission will change from combat to support. by 2014 this process of transition will be complete and the afghan people will be responsible for their own security. >> reporter: the president said the swifter than expected drawdown has been made possible by success on the battlefield, including the killing of bin laden and the reversal of the taliban's momentum. now he said it's time to turn afghanistan over to its own government. >> we won't be try to make afghanistan a perfect place. we will not police its streets or we patrol its mountains indefinitely. that is the responsibility of the afghan government, which must step up its ability to protect its people, and move from an economy shaped by war to one that can sustain a lasting peace. >> reporter: the pace of the drawdown was debated for months. vice president biden argued for bringing the troops home quickly while general david petraeus and others in the pentagon pushed
for a more gradual drawdown to keep the pressure on the taliban. despite that secretary of defense robert gates said the plan provides our commanders with enough resources time and perhaps most importantly flexibility to bring the surge to a successful conclusion, but arizona senator john mccain told cbs news the drawdown is too fast and will jeopardize the mission. >> again, i believe that it's a decision which i don't think is in comports with the recommendations of our military leadership but more importantly the realities. we need this fighting season and the next fighting season. >> reporter: some liberal democrats say the pace is too slow. in a statement, house democratic leader nancy pelosi says "we will continue to press for a better outcome." some republicans are accusing the president for basing his time line on politics. the last troops will be coming home a month from election day,
just in time to satisfy the liberal democratic base. >> chip reid, thanks. politics is quick to weigh in but what about the people on the front lines? how did they feel about the drawdown? mandy clarke is at bagram, the largest military base in afghanist afghanistan. >> reporter: hamid karzai welcomed the news, saying it is time for afghanistan to control its own destiny. >> translator: i wish the people of afghanistan to be safe in their country with security in their own capable hands. >> reporter: relations between the afghan president and america have been strained recently after karzai warned the u.s. military it was starting to act like an occupying force. the head of nato also welcomed the president's speech, saying it had been a bold decision to send in surge troops and that the gamble had worked. >> and now the time is turning. the taliban is under pressure
everywhere. the afghan security forces are getting stronger every day. >> reporter: but there continues to be a question over whether local afghan forces are yet capable of taking control. if u.s. troops leave prematurely, that could create a vacuum for the taliban to return once more. lashka gar is one city said to be handed over to the afghan forces. it will be the first real test of america's exit strategy. the taliban wasted no time issuing their reaction in an online statement they said they will continue to fight until all foreign forces leave afghanistan. mandy clark, cbs news, bagram. secretary of state hillary clinton is expected to address u.s. policy in both afghanistan and pakistan later this morning at a senate foreign relations committee hearing. senator john kerry from massachusetts joins us from capitol hill. good to have you with us this morning. >> good morning, erica. glad to be with you. >> the criticism chip reid tlad
out for us, fair amount from both sides. fair amount from your own party, and some saying what the president needed to do was to announce a change in strategy in addition to the numbers, this is now a counterterrorism terrorism, not a counter insurgency effort. how important is that distinction? what would it actually change? >> well i think the'by definition has changed the equation and i'm really, i think, missing from all of the criticism on both sides is a recognition of the fact that this drawdown will begin to change the politics. it changes the political calculation for everybody on the ground, in pakistan, as well as in afghanistan. nobody's sort of talking about how that dynamic changes. remember, president bush, dick cheney, donald rumsfeld, ultimately secretary gates all were willing to set a date in
iraq and the reason they could set the date in iraq is because there had been a level of success. the same thing is true today in afghanistan. the surge worked. the surge has put the taliban on their heels. the surge has changed the political calculation on the ground, and now i believe it's important for the afghans to begin to do what they have done for centuries before we came there, which is begin to make the accommodations and the choices about their own future. >> are you confident that they are actually able to do that, senator, that when the u.s. fully leaves in 2014 the u.s. is leaving behind a country that can not only take care of itself but will not return to being a haven for terrorists? >> i am confident about our ability to prevent the latter from happening, and it doesn't take a whole lot of troops to be able to prevent that from happening. i believe that considerably fewer troops than the 6,000,
7,000, 8,000 left there after we draw from the surge, considerably fewer than that can prevent the taliban from taking over the country. you have to look at what's the reality here? everybody has consistently said there is no political solution -- i mean no military solution. if there is no military solution, then you better go hunt for the political one and i believe what the president is doing is creating the dynamic where the political has a greater possibility of taking shape. >> in terms of the political, you mentioned pakistan. secretary clinton will be addressing it later today. there is so much talk about how much of this fight has actually moved into pakistan, the original fight that started there ten years ago. having recently returned from pakistan, are you confident that the pakistanis see this as enough of a priority? >> i believe actually talked yesterday with general kiani, the chief of forces in pakistan and i remain convinced that the pakistanis have interest is
which could be better aligned with our interest sinterests. they are not aligned today as we talk about the problem. i've said this so many times over the last few years. the pakistanis are the most important question to resolving the issues of afghanistan and their own issues, and i think there's more that we can do in order to be able to align our interests in a way that helps to create a regional solution here. i think we need more diplomacy, less military effort, and that's what president karzai is telling us, and it seems to me if the president of the country were trying to help, keeps telling us, you know, you're sort of being viewed as an occupying force, it's counterproductive and making life difficult for of aganz we ought to listen to him. >> we'll talk about this and specifically more about the pakistan element as well.
senator john kerry, thanks for your time. >> thank you. >> chris? >> thank you. the center of minot is filling up with water. good morning from minot, north dakota. >> reporter: waters are at record levels and expected to go seven feet higher. i want to show you some of the scenes starting to pop up. over my right shoulder, cars and buildings starting to see they are submerged in those floodwaters and it's expected to get worse. blared in minot, nor dakota, alerting residents the water had broken over the levees. >> i have four boys and a single father, i am scared out of my mind. >> this town is being evacuated
effective immediately. >> reporter: police urged residents to immediately leave my homes. >> i had to leave most of my stuff at my place, it's rough trying to haul everybody, me and my boys and my baby here, and a van, i couldn't take nothing with me but the clothes and documents so i had to leave everything. >> reporter: nearly 500 national guard soldiers were in town to help with traffic control and the evacuation. flooding along the river is expected to easily exceed the historic 1969 flood. as many as 5,000 buildings in north dakota's fourth largest city are threatened by the flooding that could keep the area inundated for two or more weeks. >> scared of not knowing what's going to happen, losing your house or your life. kind of nervous. kind of scared but we'll get through it. >> reporter: a number of people very nervous about what their homes are going to look like when they return after the flooding is over. the flooding is supposed to
crest on sunday and could last for five to seven daze. >> jamie yuccas in minot, north dakota, thank you. marysol castro standing by with a closer look at the weather around the nation. >> good morning. the weather around minot is expected to be sunny. hopefully that will help with the flooding efforts. severe weather, a line of strong thunderstorms ripped through manchester township yesterday, downing that tree, 70-mile-per-hour wind gusts. as a result a man driving in a car was killed. massive damage to one home there. same system continues to sit over this portion of the country, little rock to new york city you'll see severe norms. nashville and pittsburgh don't be surprised if you see a tornado sometime this afternoon. this part of the country also sees a deluge. these storms come in waves. the i-95
thanks so much. that's your latest weather. back over to chris and erica. good morning. >> good morning, mary, thanks. still to come, more on the arrest of mob boss whitey bulger. and women with breast implants, what the government is now saying about their safety. you're watching "the early show" on cbs. ♪
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for 16 years whitey bulger couldn't be caught. a stunning development in the case that was decades in the making because as we mentioned he was on the run for 16 years. welcome back to "the early show," erica hill along with chris wragge and so much to talk about in this case. >> they found him in santa monica of all places. guy loved to walk on the beach. we'll talk oan fbi agent that was active in the case. we go to jeff glor at the news desk for another check of the headlines. >> in a prime time address on afghanistan, the president said
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after a tip from an fbi contact that he was about to be charged with racketeering. former fbi agent john gammel joins us from boston. >> good morning, chris. >> when you found out he had been captured, how surprised were you. he had been on the run for so many years. >> i wasn't surprised as i have said before, i thought it was inevitable. i was pretty sure, no the knew, but pretty sure he was alive and well somewhere and the bureau was working very, very hard to find this man and eventually they did. >> for people who aren't familiar with whitey bulger, how violent and dangerous a man was this? >> well, there is, he spent a lot of time in the boston area as part of an organized crime gang which is generally referred to as the winter hill gang, that eventually faded away and he ran his own operation out of south boston.
he was alleged to be a very violent man, probably committing as many as 19 murders or being responsible for those, in addition he had lots of other violent crimes in which he was a part. he was a very intimidating person for many people. >> how close were you to catching him back in 1995 before he fled? >> well, we got in information, which is just short of an indictment, just a different form, a legal form in late 1994, and that's when he disappeared, so we were pretty close but what we learned thereafter or after we started looking for him was that he came back to boston, dropped one girlfriend here and took off with catherine greig, and then went on the -- became a fugitive at that point. >> obviously he had involvement with the fbi and this case was a black eye for the fbi for so long because he had been an informant for so long and it was a former fbi agent, john
connolly who tipped him off for flight. how is it for the agency to get this embarrassment wrapped up and put behind them? >> this is a tremendous thing to have happened finally. as i say, i knew it was going to happen. if you look backward historically, any of the people involved with this man going back into the '70s, '80s and '90s, any of the people in the fbi are long gone from the fbi. there's been a complete change in personnel over the years, so it's good to get this over with, and let's go forward from here. >> how about you? you were involved in the case. this provide you with a sense of closure? >> it does. i knew that phone call that i got at 1:20 a.m. this morning was coming someday, and you know, i was surprised that i was not more ecstatic about it. i just thought it was inevitable. >> this fbi psa released a few days ago which led to this arrest do you think the fbi was working on a tip that they knew they may be close so let's put
this out there and see if we can get some ground? >> i tend to think that's not the case. i tend to think that if they had some inkling that he was in santa monica as he and catherine greig were in santa monica i don't think they would have gone to the effort to create that campaign, that whole psa thing. i tend to believe, it's like any of those crime shows like "america's most wanted" you put out a tip like that or put out information like that and literally the tips start coming in immediately, and you start looking at all of them and that's what they did. >> if you had a chance to say something to him, what would you say? >> welcome back to boston. >> john, thank you very much for taking the time. we appreciate it. >> nice talking with you. >> as always the fbi gets their man. up next the government says silicone breast implants are safe but don't expect them to last forever. dr. jennifer ashton has advice for him who have them or are considering getting them. this is "the early show" here on cbs.
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this morning, the government has a new report on silicone breast implants. five years after allowing them back on the market, the fda says the implants are safe, but warns the longer a woman has them, the more complications there are. medical correspondent dr. jennifer ashton is here with more. nice to have you back. >> thanks, good to be back. >> when you look at the findings the report that came out, still safe but keep in mind you may actually have to have them replaced. >> exactly. this report was really part of the fda's ongoing safety surveillance of silicone implants but also looked at saline. when they looked at the silicone impla implant, these devices, that's really what they are, not meant to last a lifetime. in a ten-year period, 20% of women who have implants placed for cosmetic reasons or straightforward breast augmentation will need them replaced or revised or removed. when you talk about women who have had breast cancer and this
the implants placed for breast reconstructive purposes one in two women will face a reoperation or removal of the implants in a ten-year period. >> why would a greater number of women having them done for breast reconstruction need to have them replaced? >> a up canal reasons, probably the largest has to do with radiation therapy. it's important to remember a woman with breast cancer is oftentimes treated with removal of that part of the tumor, a lumpectomy and subsequent radiation therapy. radiation is excellent at killing the cancer but it can also damage normal healthy tissue and with that damage comes an increased risk of scarring or assem tree asymmetr reconstruction down the road. a woman might want to electively change or revise the implant due to a need for changing the size or shape of the implant. >> the fda is saying these are still safe. >> right. >> not without risk.
what are some of the risks? >> any time you do any type of surgery we say it when it and again there are always risks and you need to be aware of the risks. for silicone implants and saline implants, number one, something called a capsule formation which is scar tissue that forms in the chest wall around the implant, it can rupture which could be a significant issue if you're talking about silicone or saline, it can leak slowly and like any foreign body increased risk for infection, all of those need to be on the table. >> you mentioned these are the risk for saline implants. saline has been on the market longer. >> they're used equally. some women feel silicone looks and feels more natural. other women go with saline, if it leaks or ruptured it's just saltwater.
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no new harry potter book today. however, the wizard is entering the digital age with lots of new material for potter fans looking for a fix. the creator of the world's most tricks up her sleeve. >> i'm thrilled to say that i am now in a position to give you something unique. an online reading experience unlike any other. it's called potter morph. >> reporter: an online game, interactive game through the harry potter universe, users with magical games can find new writing from rowling. fans can learn their own line and assigned houses at hogwarts. it's free but also the only place you can purchase potter ebooks for the first time. rowling kept devoted fans under a spell and in the dark for weeks with teasers on the mysterious website. a couple of owls stood guard over the promise "coming soon."
it linked to a countdown clock announcement would go global. the seven-book potter series sold 450 million copies worldwide and counting, and then of course, there's the movie franchise, a decade of hogwarts in hollywood. seven movies have grossed $6.4 billion at the box office so far. the next and last one, "harry potter and the deathly hallows," but the problem is they always have to have an ending, they finally live forever. the website goes active on july 31st, harry potter's birthday, but only to 1 million lucky fans. the rest have to wait until october when everyone's invited. chris? >> cbs's charlie d'agata in
london beaming with excitement, good to see you. j.k. rowling there is a part of me that sympathizes because she's not making any money on any of this. oh my goodness. what a fortune she is sitting on with the whole franchise. >> it is incredible and great there's something more in case you couldn't tell i am a huge harry potter fan. however i was hoping for more, the owls were gathering, we were told there was a big announcement and now you got to wait a little bit longer? >> you got to get yourself on that exclusive top 1 million list. >> i know. do you have any connections? >> we'll see what we can do. >> can we talk about that at the break? >> you are a big fan of the stuff and i'm happy for you and the people who have that exclusive access. not a big deal with me. i'm more of a jedi guy rather than a wizard guy. >> i did like the princess leia braids. why do we choose coppertone sport?
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top of the hour, flowers in full bloom on fifth avenue and 59th. good morning, it's june 23rd, i'm chris wragge along with erica hill. >> good morning again my friend. >> good to see you. this afternoon, president obama visits ft. drum. that army base supplied a large share of the troops in afghanistan. whit johnson is at ft. drum with more on the announcement by the president. whit, good morning. >> reporter: erica, good morning to you. ft. drum is home to the 10th mountain division, one of the most frequently deployed divisions to afghanistan. president obama will be here on
the heels of last night's historic speech, a speech that has family members already awaiting the return of their heroes. it's a scene likely to be repeated over and over in the coming months, these joyous reunions at ft. carson, colorado, as 350 soldiers returning from afghanistan were greeted by loved ones in cheering crowds, and then last night, president obama addressed the nation, announcing that america's longest war, longer even than vietnam, was coming to an end. 10,000 troops are scheduled to be home by the end of the year, 33,000 more will be pulled from afghanistan by the end of next summer. >> after this initial reduction, our troops will continue coming home at a steady pace. as afghan security forces move into the lead. our mission will change from combat to support. by 2014, this process of transition will be complete and the afghan people will be responsible for their own security. >> reporter: that's welcome news to families left behind during
long deployments. >> if all the military leaders decide everything is safe enough for our troops to come home i'm all for it. nobody should have to be separated from their families force a year, 15 months. >> reporter: u.s. forces will slowly be turning afghanistan over to its citizens. >> we won't try to make afghanistan a perfect place. we will not police its streets or patrol its mountains indefinitely. that is the responsibility of the afghan government, which must step up its ability to protect its people, and move from an economy shaped by war to one that can sustain a lasting peace. >> reporter: something soldiers are seeing take root. >> police are a lot better, they like americans a lot more, provide better jobs and security so the people right now are pretty happy with us, and they're not going to the taliban for money. >> reporter: the first 5,000 troops will be coming home this
summer, and additional 5,000 should return by the end of the year. and while president obama is here today, he'll be meeting and speaking with soldiers, many of whom just returned from afghanistan. he'll also meet with family members who have lost loved ones in the war. erica? >> whit johnson at ft. drum, thanks. now here's chris. >> thank you. the. the is also dealing with u.s. military action against libya. last night as nato launched new air strikes over moammar gadhafi's forces the libya accused nato of murdering civilians. dana lewis is in tripoli with more. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. moammar gadhafi is threatening to target civilians in the west in response to nato air strikes here in libya. funerals for some of the children killed by a nato air strike here have been televised in libya repeatedly. monday nato bombs devastated a
compound belonging to hawal hawaldi hamidi, killing 15 civilian civilians. moammar gadhafi has surfaced in an angry and threatening audio message. >> translator: you said we hit our targets with precision. you murderers told the world you hit your targets accurately. >> reporter: nato said it watched the compound for days, that it was not targeting individuals, that this was a command and control facility and that it regretted the loss of civilian lives. in response, gadhafi now says he will target civilians in the west. >> translator: maybe your rules of engagement will be used against you and your houses will be legitimate targets for us, along with your children. this will be legitimate targets. >> reporter: gadhafi is now hoping to use the issue of civilian deaths to turn public opinion his way. critical public opinion in the middle of a civil war but chris the one thing he doesn't mention
is daily his forces are firing rockets into civilian areas that are held by the rebels now. chris? >> cbs's dana lewis in tripoli for us, thank you. here in the states on capitol hill, republicans who disapprove of the u.s. mission in lib yar trying to send a strong message to the president. cbs news congressional correspondent nancy cordes has the latest. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, chris. >> i understand that they had prepared a resolution to vote on but didn't think it went far enough. >> reporter: that's right. republican leaders had crafted a resolution that would have called on the president to withdraw all u.s. forces from hostile operations in libya, but when they presented that to the rest of the republican caucus yesterday they got a ton of pushback who said we think we should cut off funding to the entire operation all together. >> so what happens now? they pick this up again today? >> reporter: that's right, now they're crafting legislation that would do just that, that would cut off funding for all hostile operations, things like troops on the ground, manned
bombing strikes, even predator strikes. they would allow support missions, things like aerial refueling so we didn't leave our nato allies completely in the lurch. we know the legislation which they could vote on as early as tomorrow probably won't go anywhere in the democratically controlled senate but feel they need to send this message anyway. >> what is it about the libya issue that has republicans so angered? is it strictly a cost issue? >> reporter: that's part of it, costing money we don't have and they don't understand what the overriding national interest is in libya. mostly what they're frustrated with, chris, the president himself hasn't come down here to capitol hill to explain what the national interest is, and that they weren't consulted before this mission began, as you know, members of congress don't like it very much when they're not consulted by the white house, and this is the republican's way of showing their displeasure with that. >> cbs's nancy cordes on capitol hill, nancy, thank you. >> reporter: sure thing. a check of some of the other
headlines we're following, just about seven minutes past the hour. jeff glor standing by at the news desk. >> good morning once again. other than osama bin laden, he was the biggest name on the fbi's ten most wanted list and this morning, former boston mob boss james "whitey" bulger is under arrest. he was picked up last night in california in santa monica along with his girlfriend. he will appear in a los angeles courtroom today. d david robicheau reports. >> reporter: this morning one of boston's most wanted is behind bars. 80-year-old james bulger was captured in santa monica, california. the fbi wasted no time updated its most wanted website. he carried the nickname whitey for his shocking white hair. he was wanted for 19 murders.
kevin weekes his long time henchman who eventually turned against him, told "60 minutes" his boss was a cold blooded murder. >> after he killed somebody it was like a stress relief, he'd be calm for a couple weeks afterwards. >> reporter: decades bulger was an informant for the fbi. in 1995 he was tipped by a former boston fbi agent he was about to be indicted and that was his start for his 16 years on the run. he was arrested with long time girlfriend 60-year-old catherine greig. >> have you seen this woman? >> reporter: a viewer saw it and called in a tip. >> makes me curious to see you in this neighborhood. >> reporter: bulger's story was also the inspiration for jack nicholson's character in the 2006 best picture "the departed." >> when i tell you to dump a body in the marsh, you dump him in the marsh.
>> reporter: the bulger case also touched the highest level of massachusetts politics. bulger's younger brother, william, who lives in this home behind me in south boston was one of the top politicians running the massachusetts senate for 17 years. in boston i'm david robichaud for cbs news. a pilot for southwest airlines may face new trouble after a raunchy cockpit rant in march. he made a rant into a microphone left on by accident. >> the continuous stream of gays and grannies and grandes, it's all these [ bleep ] old dudes and grannies and there's like maybe a handful of -- >> it was broadcast over an aircraft control frequencies, not to passengers on the plane. he was suspended without pay and
required to have diversified training before allowed back to work. yesterday afternoon in minot, you can hear sirens alerted about 10,000 people to leave their homes. in the coming days the waters of the river there are expected to break 130-year-old record. as many as 5,000 buildings are expected to be flooded. 8:10. we move over to marysol castro with another check of weather. good morning. good morning, jeff, good morning everyone at home. we'll get to the temperatures in minot in a bit. i want to show you the lower 48. the new storm system in the pacific northwest bringing you rain throughout the morning and afternoon hours. most of the west coast continues to be pretty nice. the high pressure system is bringing high temperatures, continues to be very arid and no precipitation in sight. we're tracking the big swathe of severe weather, a severe storm we're tracking since sunday, making its way into new england so folks will expect to see thunderstorms throughout the day. we go to the northern plains,
the sordis sifr shattered records. it's expected to be sunny, 75 degrees and that seems to be the trend. temperatures are cooler than normal, the tail end of the severe storms we've been following. more precipitation along the gulf coast. they need it. it will be hazy, hot and humid. temperatures are about seasonal. windy, 5 to 15-mile-per-hour wind gusts and
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by that hospital being there. >> reporter: including himself. seven years ago hank smith was shot by drug dealers on the way home from his job helping veterans. >> i just thank god that that hospital was there at the time, because i really don't think i would have made it. >> reporter: imagine the shock when he and others in this impoverished community found out earlier this month the cleveland clinic was closing huron down in a matter of weeks. >> what happens when we knock on the door of huron hospital and nobody answers? does the person just lay there and die? >> reporter: east cleveland's mayor gary norton said he couldn't believe his ears. >> we had the rug pulled out from under us. we believed we had a long time commitment. >> reporter: with good run. dr. gus kious invested millions in technology that goes largely unused. it's like a ghost town. >> it is.
>> reporter: he blames the dwindling population of east cleveland, down by a third in the last ten years. adding insult to injury, huron's populations are primarily poor, mainly relying on medicaid or medicare. >> 9% of our total is insured population, which is you know, you can't run a hospital with that kind of mix. >> reporter: dr. koebby cosgrove says pulling the plug was the only option. how tough is a decision to close a hospital? >> it's a difficult decision but you have to do the right thing for the patient's care and you have to be, understand that you are the steward of a community resource and you have to use that resource wisely. >> reporter: cosgrove points to several clinics in the last few decades. each mayor sees a trend. >> hospitals don't close where
patients are relatively insured. it is people in populations where the area is poorer. >> reporter: the cleveland clinic isn't entirely abandoning east cleveland. it is opening a $25 million health center to offer primary care but focus on chronic diseases like hypertension and diabetes. how scared are the people of this community about the next phase? >> well, the people that we serve are used to being disappointed. >> reporter: long time resident hank smith couldn't disagree moor. >> east cleveland is a strong community and doing everything we can to survive, and losing this hospital, i think is putting a nail in our coffin. >> reporter: there's talk of a lawsuit challenging the closure but few expect the outcome to change, just one more loss in a city that's been on the losing end all too often. cynthia bowers, cbs news, east cleveland, ohio. >> the clinic promises free
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welcome back to "the early show" here on cbs. thursday morning. a little muggy, a little murky out there as you can see. it's supposed to brighten up earlier in the day. still ahead, forest whitaker actor to ambassador, speaking on behalf of former child sewediers in the uganda role, new role as u.n. advocate for global peace and reconciliation when we come back. this is "the early show" on cbs, your local news is next. wm÷so ñh
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hey, good morning once again, everyone. bottom of the hour. welcome back to "the early show." i'm chris wragge here in new york. forest whitaker has a new role representing young victims of war in central africa trying to help them get back into the mainstream of their shattered society. it came about through their distinguished career on screen. >> i see these guys stragsed. >> whitaker recently starred in "criminal minds: suspect behavior" won an oscar for best actor in "last king of scotland" playing idi amin.
he was introduced to the harsh reality of child soldiers, fighting the bloody civil war now more than two decades old. since then, whitaker has taken up their cause, it's for this work he was recently awarded the title of goodwill ambassador for unesco a u.n. organization that promotes international peace. we caught up with whitaker this week to discuss "a place of peace" that's become a safe haven for these kids. we asked him what it means to become a part of this united nations mission. >> and for his dedication to the ideals of the organization. >> i feel fortunate to work with unesco on some endeavors i would like to try to do. my first will be training young youths, male and female in
communication, peace and reconciliation, conflict negotiation. i want to promise you this will be a government of action. >> i was working with a guy an orphanage in the north called hope north and asked me if i would go up and visit. i knew about the historical issues around the north with the nra, north resistance army but this is the first time i spent time with the children soldiers, raised money for them and helped them to build their dormitories and schools. it's more like a village. it's more like a community, where these children soldiers have no families, in some ways adopted by the community. you know, they try to take young teen years but we're talking
about 8-year-olds, sometimes even younger who have been forced into war, trained as soldiers who have been forced many times to kill their parents or relatives or their friends. >> i had to shoot two of them, and then shoot three and then the other one shoot four. >> some of the stories are really difficult, and a lot of them are suffering obviously nightmares, post traumatic stress and different things. one boy i interviewed and he doesn't like to be alone. he likes to be able to dance or if he sits still he has to think. the counselors slowly say over the few years it should be empty. how do you reconcile when you have someone to revisit or go back to their families or village where they were forced to or killed their neighbor or their parent, and so how do you reconcile that? how do you reconcile within yourself the things that you've done. how do you find peace? but there has to be forgiveness of the self as well as the
forgiveness of the outside but definitely of self. >> nominating him as ambassador, whitaker was described this way. he quietly goes about the business of making the world a better place. now here's jeff glor at the news desk with one more look at the headlines this morning. >> good morning to you. 8:34 right now in our news this morning, a 6.7 magnitude earthquake in northeast japan this morning. that quake struck the same area hit by that massive earthquake in march. there were no immediate reports though of injury or damage this time. also some dramatic new video this morning taken from inside a car when that huge tsunami did hit in march. it captured the tsunami as it washed on land from inside the vehicle and flooded the streets. you can see the helpless driver in his car get swept away by that massive wave in japan. two harvard classmates ending their legal fight against zuckerberg.
cameron and tyler agree to accept a cash deal struck in 2008 worth more than $100 million. new airport screening guidelines when it comes to patting down small children. it follows outrage in april after this video of a 6-year-old girl being patted down by a screener, the tsa says worker also make repeated attempts to screen young children without invasive searches. they will reduce but not eliminate child patdowns. a man detained near the pentagon has been detained. yonathan ma lacue was detained after carrying a suspicious package near the pentagon. he was linked to shooting nears the marine corps museum, the pentagon and recruiting station. james arthur ray is facing a possible prison term in arizona. he was convicted yesterday of negligent homicide in a bosched sweat lodge ceremony that killed three people in 2009. his sentence could range from
probation to nearly 12 years in prison. country music hall of famer glenn campbell has been diagnosed with alzheimer's disease. a spokeswoman says the disease is in its early stages. campbell who is now 75 will release a final album in august and planning a good-bye concert tour as well, of course known for hits like "rhine stone cowb cowboy." he had his own show on cbs from 1969 to 1972. now follow-up on an effort to reverse a custom in saudi arabia that bans women from driving. last week a campaign was launched to defy that rule and now it seems more women are joining the movement. yesterday one saudi mother and mother drew plenty of attention driving near a university campus in riyadh. so far they've gotten away with it. there is other resistance though. another woman who drove near the university found a mirror on her car smashed and a note in abbreviated english saying "please don't drive." 8:36 right now.
we will go over to marysol castro for one final check of weather. please deliver the forecast always mary. >> i will. good morning jeff and everyone. we'll look at the southwest, we have contrasting temperatures. in the four corner states look at the temperatures in the triple digits. go along the coast and you can see temperatures are much cooler in the 70s, in part due to the marine layer, jeff, that's folks in southern california they know it as june gloom, only lasts ace few more weeks. folks in the interior these triple digit temperatures are expected to come down over the next one to two days. further north in the pacific northwest we're looking at another storm system coming through, cold air on the back side of it, warm moist air on the front side of it. billings and great falls you'll see thundershowers this afternoon, a little unusual for this part of the country. we're also looking at hail and wind gusts. rain from a half inch to one and a half inches. high temperatures across the land right on target for most of the country, fargo, 74,
thanks so much. now over to chris. why does it feel as if the economy is suddenly getting worse? on wednesday, federal reserve chairman ben bernanke said we don't know as the fed reduced this year's economic growth forecasts. >> part of the slow is temporary and part of it may be longer lasting. we do believe that growth is going to pick up, going into 2012, but at a somewhat slower
pace than we had anticipated in april. we don't have a precise read on why this slower pace of growth is persisting. >> we're just hearing this morning that unemployment claims took a big jump last week. joining us to put this in perspective is cbs news business economic correspondent rebecca jarvis. we constantly ask you to put this in perspective. it's got to be difficult because doesn't seem to be great news out there. why does bernanke come out and say and not have a real answer as to why the economy is stalling when everyone is looking for an answer. >> we all wanton answer. the federal reserve has tried things and government has tried and unemployment stuck near 9%. one of the things that caught this country by surprise is first of all the quake in japan. there's a major ripple effect. the last time the federal reserve came out with projections for what would happen in the future they weren't thinking about the massive ripple effect the implications on for example car dealerships here in the united
states that couldn't get the components or even the cars to sell as a result of the japan quake. another major issue gas prices. after their previous projection gas prices jumped to that $4 a gallon level and that was a major psychological hurdle, a lot of consumers pulled back their spending in other areas as a result of it. >> clearly taking a more pessimistic view of the fed. as far as just some of the numbers they had projected and revised, what are we looking at? >> originally they thought our economy was going to grow more than 3%. they pulled back on that. their new revisions say they think the economy will grow between 2.7% and 2.9%, that is anemic growth, not the growth we want to hear about in a phase of recovery. >> let's talk about what this now means for jobs because this is something that we talk -- seems like we talk about this every single day because it is a huge, huge issue but how does this translate into the job market? >> we talk about it every single day. there are 14 million americans on the books who don't have a
job and desperately need one. we're looking at 9% unemployment right now and the fed this year doesn't think it's going to get much better. they're projecting something between 8.6 and 8.9% for this year. by 2012 they think the unemployment rate is going to drop to 7.8% to 8.2%. it's not still where we want it to be. >> is there anything that can be done to mitigate what's going on here? >> this is a central issue facing policymakers, facing the federal reserve. they have tried so many different forms of stimulus and a lot of them have failed. >> yes. >> while they've given sometimes a temporary boost, nothing has proven to last in the long-term and now we have this rising debt. everybody is saying what can we do? we have $14.3 trillion in debt. at the same time we have all of the rising costs. it is a big problem and policymakers are constantly looking at ways to address it.
>> what is the next group of numbers or percentages we're looking at there to come out, whether it's the end of this week tomorrow or next week? >> it's going to be the employment figures because at the end of the day that employment figure is number one on people's minds and that is the number that with he ge get backwards in time. unfortunately the june number given what we're seeing in the jobs picture, what you reported about the new unemployment claims could look worse than people are expecting and some people on wall street are revising their expectations this morning downward as a result of that. >> all right, cbs's rebecca jarvis thanks. good to see you this morning. now here is erica. >> today is the first united nations international widow's day bringing atension to the plight of 245 million widows and their children around the world. the loomba foundation, global advocate for widows is instrumental in bringing this day about. bringing us is shreef blair, attorney and former wife of tony
blair. >> i'm delighted to be here. >> we hear the numbers, 245 million around the world, 500 million children who are a part of these families of women widowed. why is it important to talk about widows? >> 100 of the 24 million women live in extreme poverty on less than $1 a day, and if we're really serious about reaching the millennium development goals, breaking poverty, getting children into school, ensuring that women have equal rights, then we need to do something about the plight of widows. >> you mentioned 100 million living in poverty on less than $1 a day. within their own communities what are their biggest challenges typically? >> interestingly, of course poverty is a big challenge but that's not simply a challenge for widows, but in many communities, in south asia, in africa, there are these social taboos about widows which actually the discrimination that
widows suffer and the fact that often when they lose their husband they lose all their rights to be considered human beings, their property is taken from them, sometimes their children are taken from them, these are the real social issues and by standing up and saying that whatever the practices in the past may have been in the 21st century, these practices are unacceptable is really an important part of challenging these cultural taboos, which are just wrong. >> and they can be shown in some many ways, i remember reading stories in 2001, when the united states along with great britain, your husband and also george w. bush working to bring troops in, talking about afghanistan of course in this country today, but the plight of women there, and what we had heard about women who were widowed who couldn't leave their house, they had five children to feed but not allowed to leave their house, the taliban would not let them. are conditions changing in places like afghanistan for example?
>> afghanistan has the highest proportion of widows to the population in the world, some 27%, and unfortunately, particularly there is control by the taliban, women's plight is still very difficult, because if in fact you're not allowed to support yourself, you're not allowed to go out without a man, you really are stuck, and that means not only are you stuck but your children are stuck because you have to remember, sometimes when we talk about widows we think elderly women but we're talking about across the world, many, many women whose husbands die premature, through hiv/aids, through poverty, war and conflict, those women are the ones who have younger children, if they can't support their younger children, their children don't get educated, their children may be forced into prostitution, they may be forced into prostitution and the vicious circle of decline continues.
>> is there any concern to you with the drawdown of troops in afghanistan how that may affect the plight of these women and their children? >> well, it's all about what's going to happen to afghanistan as gradually we withdraw from there and whether there's going to be a properly functioning government that is committed to the idea that women are equal to men and who will protect these women. and of course i saw yesterday on your program about the widows here in america, because you were celebrating the troops coming home, but we have to remember, too, that there are women here whose husbands didn't come home from afghanistan, who are also suffering because as they lose their husbands, they also may well lose their right to health care, their bread winner, they may be struggling to keep up the lifestyle that they had before their husband was killed. >> some of the things folks don't think about but so important to bring it their
♪ for years bees have been in trouble around the world thanks to disease and other issues. few people are trying to boost the bee population keeping backyard hives but some are getting stung by local regulations as cbs news correspondent john blackstone reports. >> reporter: nicole has three kids so you might think the last thing she wants in her backyard is a beehive but bees she has. >> it's about the environment and i'm trying to teach my children about how important honey bees are to my food supplies. >> reporter: bees pollenate the blossoms for a third of the food we eat. but in her town just north of san francisco, it's illegal to
keep a beehive. the woman who lives next door filed a complaint over perullo's bees. she is on a mission to convince the council this is an insect that needs help. for almost five years colony collapse disorder has killed bees in unprecedented numbers. commercial beekeepers have lost about a third of their hives every year. but across the country, bees have been getting help from citydwellers. msh mshl has them in her white house garden and farm he weres markets in new york city, andrew cote sells honey from his rooftop hives. >> each hive produces about 100 pounds of honey on average per year. >> reporter: when it comes to keeping bees in the city it would be hard to get much more urban than this. these hives sit in the middle of what used to be a freeway on-ramp in downtown san francisco. but this place is buzzing.
karen peteross helps tend the hives. >> one of the big challenges for beekeeping is always fear. >> reporter: last year it seems fear drove someone to spray insecticide into the hives killing more bees than peteross could count. >> it was heartbreaking, tens of thousands, probably over 100,000, 200,000 bees. >> reporter: but that loss spurred new support for beehives on the block. >> in this neighborhood a lot of people appreciate the fact that bees are here and they do make our city a nicer place to live. >> reporter: at the randall museum in san francisco, nancy ellis teaches about honeybees providing a view into my hive. she also has good advice for new beekeepers with nervous neighbors. >> you need to alert your neighbors that you have bees, and one of the easiest ways to do that is to give them a jar of honey, and they are immediately friendly to your pursuit.
>> reporter: after all, what could be sweeter than honey from the hive next door? john blackstone, cbs news, san francisco. >> there are a few things that are better than fresh honey. i mean really. >> fresh bees? >> i love a good, i mean that honey is good. >> yeah. >> a tough sell for people allergic to bees or can't stand them. >> i found out the hard way i am allergic to bees. >> really? i'll never forget that first sting. >> the first and hopefully the last. >> you got them, right? >> my wife has -- they always harvested honey and got the beehives back at the place. >> bring them in, i mean the honey. >> fresh honey nothing like that. tomorrow a picture of the big white suit with the helmet. your local news is next. have a great day.